The Words That We Speak
Preface: I was inspired to write about this topic from the love of my life and better half. This topic must have certainly prodded at her spirit. She discussed it with me fervently so I thought I would take time today and focus only on this simple, yet perplexing subject that so many people are unaware exist. Having vacillated about such subjects at various times, we have come to understand that the power of thought, speaking life into existence, and changing your words can have a major impact on your destiny. With that said, however I am of the belief that all of these conditions must be favored by and in line with God’s will for your life.
Some excerpts from the books we have read such as “The Secret“, “The 8 Rules of Money”, and “The Purpose Driven Life,“etc; have impacted our thinking and how we truly align our thoughts to what we want in our lives. One case in point, “Everything that is coming into your life you are attracting into your life. And it is attracted to you by virtue of the images you’re holding in your mind. It’s whatever you are thinking. Whatever is going on inside your mind is a result of your thought.” In Rhonda Byrnes book, “The Secret”, she also speaks on the Law of Attraction. This Law has been around since the beginning of time and will always be. It is the Law that determines the complete order of the universe, every moment of your life, and every single thing you experience in your life. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are, the law of attraction is forming your entire life experience, and this all-powerful law is doing it through your thoughts. You are the one who calls the law of attraction into action, and you do it through your thinking and what comes from your mouth.
The words that we speak, are they of life or death? Do they give us hope or discouragement? Since we are held responsible for every word we speak, I think we had better listen very carefully to what
we are saying, not just to our brethren, but also to ourselves. Let us discover some scripture as to what Jesus said:
- Mt.12:36-37 “But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned”.
- Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
- Ezek 11:19 “I will give them one new heart, and I will put a new Spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh.”
- Proverbs 13:3 “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.”
- Proverbs 15:4 “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but unruliness in it breaks the spirit.”
Lets us now look more closely at the words condemn and justified. Justified, which means to be freed from guilt without blame and in that, we are proven right. Condemn, on the other hand means to be pronounced unfit for use by God or guilty. If it’s the word of God it is Life, if we are speaking out of line with God’s intent, it is death. And as we know, words can be damaging and destroy everyone who hears them even yourself. So what are we eating and what are we living on? Is it Life of Death? Again, Proverbs says, “Death and Life are in the power of the tongue. And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”.
In your own life, has there been a time someone said something negative to you and you just wilted inside as if you had just died? Or perhaps, someone uttered some beautiful words of encouragement that gave hope to you in that very instance. This is evidence of the power of the tongue. So we must take kindly to life with our tongue and tame our tongues so we are speaking living words of life and realness. The scriptures says, “Where there is no wood, the fire goeth out; where there is no talebearers, the strife ceaseth.”
Thus I am led to yet another remark, to have words of life our hearts must be circumcised and our mind put on Christ, while also communicating intimately with him in Spirit and in truth. He is within us and resides within our heart. So, why not speak the words of life and live? We must be transformed in the renewing of our hearts and minds. A double minded man is surely unstable in all his ways. And as long as we are thinking negative of anything or anyone, we cannot claim to have our minds on God, neither have our hearts been circumcised.
I trust you see what Jesus is saying to us? We must hear from our father and speak what we hear. To sum up what is meant by this; We can know the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, know it chapter and verse, and shout it to the world from the top of our lungs, but without the Spirit and if God didn’t decree it, without authenticity, it is death! Jesus, in John 6:63, said, “It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life.” Do you see it? The flesh profits nothing -. So when the Spirit moves through us, let us speak it as not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the spirit and of power. “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus…” Then the words that we speak are Spirit and Life. They glorify God, not ourselves!
We as believers of the word of God are supposed to be speaking life and not death. We are supposed to give words of encouragement and not words of discouragement. Matthew 12:36 says,” that we will be accounted for by the good and the bad things we say at the time of judgment. Believers should also remember that “you reap what you sow,“so sow good seeds! If you do not want to be disrespected, then you should be respectful to others. Treat others how you would want to be treated. While you are down on your luck, you would want someone to speak words of encouragement to you. It is very important that during these times, your really careful of what you say to people; possibly out of frustration. You might be unaware of somebody else’s problem and the condition of their heart. As Christians, we really need to be careful what we let into our spirits. You need to have your spiritual guard up at all times because the enemy is out to kill, steal and destroy. He will do whatever it takes to keep you off track and distracted. We have to remember that we’re in a battle zone. The enemy will try to make you question God’s decision and even God.
There are three steps to keep your guard up. The first one is to censor what comes into your mind. Garbage in, garbage out!! Be careful of what you listen to. This includes music, people talking, movies etc. These devices can plant seeds in your mind without you even knowing; especially music and reality TV, which can be vehicles to create disorder and distraction in our lives!!. Next, watch the words that come out your mouth. Your tongue can speak life and death. Lastly, control your behavior particularly if driven by your emotions. As you can see, the enemy can be very tricky with his techniques. But you don’t have to worry about being fooled when you are in line with God’s word and your mind has been transformed…Amen.